John Flatz

John Flatz

South Park, PA, United States

About John Flatz

I can remember being fascinated with pictures since I was a child. Media and popular culture were becoming pervasive in daily life during those years and most of my memories are imagined in visual terms.

From the age when I was old enough to choose my own music, I knew I wanted to work in some way with my own ideas.

For awhile I 'wandered the world' without much direction.

When I took my first photography class in college I knew that it was something that I had to do.


That was the beginning of my path which I continue on today. Photography brings me a satisfaction that I have come t0 pursue until this very day. I have found commercial outlets to get work and continue in the field but I have always persevered with my own personal artwork. That has always been my driving motivation with photography.“

Artist’s Statement”, by John Flatz


My constant search for subjects to photograph leads me to many interesting places. Whether it is going to a predetermined place to find a particular kind of subject matter for an ongoing series, or traveling around in search of inspiration from places and things that I discover, looking at the world for material for my photographic ideas is a constant pursuit for me.

Most of my work is a ‘personal documentary’ where the subject is a starting point to look and find visually enticing and evocative images.The visual qualities are what initially entice me to photograph a subject. The implicit meanings add significance on both personal and objective levels.

To me, pictures represent a beauty of their own based on the purely visual sensations of the photos. Whether the scene is ‘found’ or set up, the colors and textures, the forms and composition, the spaces of views opening before me are my initial fascination.

On another level, the associations with the subject matter and the thoughts they may evoke add an extra depth and dimension. After exploring the visual elements in these pictures, my imagination is stimulated to wonder about the history, associations and meanings, objective or subjective, that are implied or revealed.

I am a college trained photographer who works independently on personal art projects while supporting myself by selling my own work and doing commercial assignments.

I am influenced by obsessively looking at things and places as well as finding inspiration in viewing others’ photographs and art. Listening to music, paying attention to the world, media, popular culture and my own personal experiences all combine to inform and evolve my own personal vision and ideas.

I can remember being fascinated with pictures since I was a child. Media and popular culture were becoming pervasive in daily life during those years and most of my memories are imagined in visual terms.

From the age when I was old enough to choose my own music, I knew I wanted to work in some way with my own ideas.

For awhile I 'wandered the world' without much direction.

When I took my first photography class in college I knew that it was something that I had to do.


That was the beginning of my path which I continue on today. Photography brings me a satisfaction that I have come t0 pursue until this very day. I have found commercial outlets to get work and continue in the field but I have always persevered with my own personal artwork. That has always been my driving motivation with photography.


I have won awards from the Silver Eye Fellowship Competition 2010; in the Westmoreland Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition; The Erie Art Museum 89th Annual Spring Show and in The 37th Annual Hoyt Gallery Juried Show. I was also selected as an Upcoming Artist and awarded a free booth in the 2006 Three Rivers Arts Festival.



Education

Ohio University

Exhibitions

Westmoreland Museum of American Art Biennial
Exhibition
Award Winner and Cash Prize, 88th Annual Spring Show, Erie Art Museum,
Erie, PA
- Juror’s Merit Award, “37th Annual Hoyt Regional Juried Art Exhibit”,
New Castle, PA
- “Black and White”, Fein Art Gallery, 519 East Ohio St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Finalist and Award Winner in “2010 Silver Eye Fellowship Competition”
Online Gallery Winner